Enabling the Wireless Industry
Next-generation wireless communications is emerging as the most important technology of this millennium.
To ensure that the entire wireless industry is inspired and continues to evolve, innovate and experience success, QUALCOMM develops its technologies and solutions for the purpose of enabling key participants in the wireless value chain.
By partnering with and acting as an enabler to the business activities of these participants, QUALCOMM ultimately enables consumers, professionals and government entities — the end users who benefit from the success of the wireless industry today and into tomorrow.
In July 1985, seven industry veterans came together in the den of Dr. Irwin Jacobs' San Diego home to discuss an idea. Those visionaries - Franklin Antonio, Adelia Coffman, Andrew Cohen, Klein Gilhousen, Irwin Jacbos, Andrew Viterbi and Harvey White - knew they wanted to build "QUALity COMMunications" and outlined a plan that, 20 years later, has evolved into one of the telecommunications industry's greatest start-up success stories: QUALCOMM Incorporated.
QUALCOMM started out providing contract research and development services, with limited product manufacturing, for the wireless telecommunications market. One of the team's first goals was to develop a commercial product. This effort resulted in OmniTRACS . Introduced in 1988, OmniTRACS is today the largest satellite-based commercial mobile system for the transportation industry.
That early success led the innovative company to take a daring departure from conventional wireless wisdom. In 1989, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) endorsed a digital technology called Time Division Multiple Access (TDMA). Just three months later, as the industry looked on in disbelief, QUALCOMM introduced Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology for wireless and data products - changing the global face of wireless communications forever.
Today, QUALCOMM's patent portfolio includes more than 3,900 United States patents and patent applications for CDMA and related technologies. More than130 telecommunications equipment manufacturers worldwide have licensed QUALCOMM's essential CDMA patents. For more than 20 years, QUALCOMM's visionary technology leadership has improved the way people communicate, work and live, one idea at a time